Why We Broke Up

Why We Broke Up


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I'm telling you why we broke up, Ed. I'm writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316127264
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 12/03/2013
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 220,169
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 15 - 17 Years

About the Author

DANIEL HANDLER has written three novels under his own name, including The Basic Eight, Watch Your Mouth, and Adverbs, and many books under the name Lemony Snicket, including All the Wrong Questions, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and the picture book 13 Words. He was dumped at least three times in high school.

MAIRA KALMAN has written and illustrated many books, such as And the Pursuit of Happiness, The Principles of Uncertainty, Looking at Lincoln, Fireboat, and with Lemony Snicket, 13 Words. Her heart was broken in high school first by a boy who looked like Bob Dylan and shortly thereafter by one who looked like Leonard Cohen.

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Why We Broke Up 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 160 reviews.
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
Why We Broke Up is the letter that everyone who's every had there heart good and truly broken dreams of writing to their ex. I had heard this in other reviews, but then experienced for myself just how wrong for each other Min and Ed really are. There is no chemistry, nothing in common... I had a hard time understanding why either of them wanted to be with the other. I absolutely loved Daniel Handler's writing, his soft and highly intelligent voice of Min. Each character had a unique way of speaking that really showed their individual characters. The art was cute, with simple lines and easy colors, but wouldn't have worked any other way. So while the actual relationship between Min and Ed was horribly boring and didn't make a lot of sense, this book was still quite entertaining.
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
So Daniel Handler's alter ego is Lemony Snicket which, believe it or not, explains a lot. The writing in this novel, Min's letter to Ed explaining why they broke up (I know, a total shock based on the title . . . I kid), has a lilting, lyrical quality readers will recognize from the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Unfortunately, as it did in those books, the tone does more to distance readers than draw them in. The Baudelaires never felt like authentic children and Min doesn't feel like an authentic teen. Numerous times while going through this novel I had to stop and confirm it was in fact a YA novel because the writing, the tone, even the whole premise of the story felt decidedly adult. The object-as-explanation device is similar to the box of tapes Hannah Baker leaves after her suicide in 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Still, even with the addition of lovely illustrations by Maira Kalman, the idea never quite works here. Min is not very likable. Ed is very, very unlikable (I mean, Min did break up with him after all) and never feels like a character in the plot, acting more as a inanimate object in Min's story than a real part of it. And then there's Al--an innocent bystander to this relationship train wreck. (To be fair, I also couldn't get past the big-book-length-breakup production for a relationship that didn't even last two months--I mean, really?) Novels written as letters are hard. Love, Stargirl is one that worked well drawing readers into the story and the characters. On the other hand, with her sendoff to Ed, Min pushes everyone away.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why we broke up is more than just a letter to your ex. It's a girl's heartfelt and funny story about your first love, balancing love and friendship, crazy adventures, and heartbreak. This book is not just funny and relatable, it's a book that tells the truth of love,life, and frienfship. A must for both teens and adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have a couple things to say about this book. First lf all, I saw the rating and decided to read it anyway because I thought the sample was pretty good. Sadly, everything about the reviews are correct. The writing is absolutely dreadful, and sometimes I really couldn't understand a sentence even after reading it three times. I felt like I missed part of the book or skipped a sentence and constantly lost track of where I was, which wasn't the case, the book itself was just confusing. Do not feel dumb when you don't understand something. Its not you, its the book. I also felt like they should've been going out longer, because really, who gives a sh** about a two month relationship...? Secondly, I wish it had more life to it because it could've been an excellent read. I do have to admit it kept me interested enough to continue reading, but when Minerva starts rambling on and on and on about some movie no one has seen, it gets to the point where I just wanted to put the book down and scratch my eyes out. I also wish the ending was better. It kind of just rambled about random BS no one wanted to read. This is just my opinion, I have friends who adore this book....just not for me. Everyone has different taste so I say give it a try.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was intrigued by the title as well as the form of the novel, but the writing threw me off. It's written in a stream-of-consciousness, lyrical style that may be hit-or-miss with readers. I usually like this type of writing, but I didn't like it in this novel. Min tends to babble a lot, and though I get that she's passionate about films, I think it just distracts the reader and slows the pace down considerably. That Min highlights contents of the box and that they follow the course of her relationship with Ed is interesting but, like someone else mentioned, it gets predictable. My biggest issue with this novel was that although Min brings you into her memories, you never really get a lot of depth--it's all on the surface. I never felt a deep connection with Min, and it was hard to get into her head and truly feel what she was feeling. This novel touched me at certain points, but I think it was me doing the work. After all, the topic of the book, falling in and out of love, is something a lot of us can relate to. I wouldn't recommend this book because you're not going to get a lot out of it. I think the author had a great idea, but there isn't enough depth in the writing for it to have a powerful impact on the reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book sooooo much. Any girl who has had there heartbbroken by a guy or even listens to their friends storites will love and relate to this book. Amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My first Nook read & definately not disappointed. If there was one word to explain Min in this book is "different" but different from who? .... not I for i felt every moment & thought every thought that made her "me" :) ....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Her thoughts are not babbles neither is pointless; it is the way her mind thinks of everything and I appreciate how Daniel Handler describes everything by her perspective. This book, it amazes me. Without her "babbling", how would we ever know why they ever broke up? Everything connects to each other and I believe it is greatly shown here that it does. I recommend this book to anyone who can manage to think to an extent because those who can will understand and will make this book their favorite. -TN 
Saruhhht88 More than 1 year ago
I am honestly suprised at how many 5 star ratings there are on this book. I read this book and had such a hard time getting through it. I was so tempted to stop reading it so many times, but I was like I bought this book I need to finish it. When I finally did finish the book I was so disappointed by the ending and I sort of wish I didn't force myself to finish it. I thought maybe I didnt like the book cuz I have never had an awful breakup so maybe I just couldn't relate. Then my good friend rented it from the library and she had exactly the same problems with this book that I did. We both regreat wasting our time on this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Book as a whole was good. However, somethings were unclear and in the book there would be pages of a self monologue that just seemed like babbling. The concept however is great. The book is really just a long letter to a terrible boyfriend. Min's character is one that I have never seen before she's ....different :) but that's a good thing. Daniel was able to express the thoughts of a  not-so-ordinary teenage girl in a very realistic way. The book was good and bad, some chapter's in my opinion could have been left out, however, this will not stop me from reading any more of Daniel's writing.
BookFanatic132 More than 1 year ago
Confusing. I'm staring at the rating I gave this book. I keep staring at it because I'm not sure I want to give it three stars. Let me start with how I felt when I started reading this book. I opened the book on iBooks and started. By page 65, I wanted to give up on the book. The sentence structure was confusing, and how it read was boring. The story was messed up because since it was a letter, Min was writing it in the present to Ed, who knew the whole story. As I read it, I did not know the whole story and I got confused a lot of the time. Not only that, but the sentence structure (it bears repeating) was confusing. So very confusing. Commas where there weren't supposed to be commas. No commas or periods when there should have been commas or periods. When I was reading it I kept re-reading to make sure I understood. By that point, I was sure I was going to give this book two stars. Maybe 2.5 stars, but no more.* I forced myself to keep reading. I had to. I've never not finished a book and I wasn't going to start now. I'm glad I didn't—because something interesting happened: I got into it. I wasn't completely sucked in or anything, but I actually started to enjoy the story. (Maybe it's an acquired taste? You have to get used to the writing style to like it?) Before (and sometimes after) each chapter there's a picture (illustrated by Maira Kalman) that is one of the objects in the box that Min is giving back to Ed. That chapter then describes what was happening when she acquired that object, and therefore shares the story of their relationship and why they broke up. I really liked this because I could go back to see that object she was talking about when she was talking about it and because I'm somewhat of a visual person. Min and Ed aren't your usual high school couple. They come from different...worlds, I guess you can say. Ed is your standard jock, and Min loves films and is kind of...nerdy (I really can't think of another word to describe her). I liked Ed in some chapters, hated him in others. I really hated him in the end. So, you're wondering, why did I give this book three stars instead of the two I said I was going to give it? Because after around the middle of the book, I really enjoyed it. The sentence structure was still messed up (maybe that's the point?) but I got used to it and liked it. Unfortunately, I didn't like it enough to re-read it, because I really was confused during most of the beginning. I must confess: I skimmed over a lot of it in the beginning. It was a nice story to read once you get into it, and it's an ok read for those of you who have time to kill. But hey, don't take my word for it. Give it a try—see if you like it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this was a very good book. Very well written, great plot, and realistic characters. My only complaint is that the narrator rambled on quite a bit with her thoughts at times and I found myself struggling to follow her train of thought. All in all, this was a great book with a meaningful messege. and I would definetly reccomend it to a friend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was crying through the whole thing! I loved this stupid book through the whole book the kisses tears late nigh talks i gave it only 5 stars becus the ending it takes alot for a book to make me cry and this one did it read but be warded also if you are younger dont read it has adult stuff
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Molly E. for Readers Favorite I'm not a big fan of books on CD's because I find that it takes longer than simply sitting down to read them. However, seeing this book's blurb and realizing that it might actually be worth the extra time to sit and listen to it, I dived in. I took it with me to carpool while waiting for my kiddos to get out of school or to the grocery store or doctor's office. While I was listening to this I found that the narrator really did a fantastic job at changing her voice pitch to allow the listener to know the difference between the characters she was referring to. That in itself is a great thing for an audio book. Now, on to the story. The idea of a man writing a book based on a female's break up point of view really caught my eye. I find it interesting that a man can endeavor to take that task on but it is not all that great. However, with this book, it was quite an accomplished task. I found myself sympathizing more often than not with Ed. Poor Ed really got the bum end of the deal, all in the form of a box, a simple box filled with so many items and one excruciatingly painful letter from Min. Wow, to be in Ed's shoes ... well, I would not wish that on any one! Listening to this story really had me laughing throughout. A typical teenage break up with many things woven in to really keep the reader hooked. I loved the characters and the complexity of a teenage relationship. A first love gone sour, and told through the eyes of a scorned girlfriend. I can definitely recommend this with a 4 star review, and tell you that this is a catching book. From the first chapter to the last, you are hooked and taken on a journey of teenage love. Wonderful job, Daniel Handler and Kristine Hvam.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was a pretty good book but Min is kind of dull. Also, i didnt understand a lot of it.
BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
There are two sides to every heart break. Whether it is right, wrong, or just not meant to be, the story told of Ed and Min's relationship is a complicated one. I liked being in Min's shoes and seeing why they broke up. Things are always complicated in a relationship and it's good to see the whole side. Granted with what Min went through, I enjoyed her story of heart break. From the beginning of the relationship till the end, Min was nothing but honest in what she wanted. I liked that she didn't pretend who she was but was herself. She stood tall when others said she was crazy and knew exactly who she loved. Now, I don't know all of Ed's story but I would love to read his point of view as well. I think both characters took from some knowledgeable experience from this relationship. Both did stupid things, but hey, as a teen you make those kinds of mistakes. But you know what I really loved about this book? How Min is so much more wiser in the end. Yes, she left a box of things for Ed, but as a characters she grew so much before my eyes. As I read her story and felt her heart ache she suffered, she learned the most valuable lesson of all, life goes on. And with that, Min can better herself. This is a good book of heart break that everyone has gone through. What you thought you love, who you thought you knew, isn't all what it seems. *cursing/drinking/sex*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book, refreshing style
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing book , kept me turning the pages and wanting more. The only reason why I didn't give this book 5 stars is because I wasn't satisfied with the ending , I was atleast expecting Ed's side of the story at the end so I atleast knew how he felt and what he thought. If you also loved this book and want to read another book like this, read "ten cents a dance"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite books!
readaholic2014 More than 1 year ago
This book is good and i identfied with it a lot and it kinda confused me at first but then i started to understand. you just have to stick it out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book with the hardcopy edition, amd I found it to be a phenomenal read. It has been a long time since i read a book with pictures, and I was happy with the presentati on. When i read this book, I was struggling in a relationship and this book helped me sort out my prioritites and made me more observant to the world around me and how other people act in relationships. I feel like i was able to enjoy the story and learn a lesson, and become enticed(I read the entire book in one sitting.) I give this book five stars. It was ebertthing i needed and everything i wanted in one book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! It made me smile, laugh and cry. I hate Ed so much, and i know this is fiction but i cant help myself! Realyy great read though.
Kallie_Noel More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book. It was nice to read a picture book again. Subject was carried out very nicely. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for an easy to read book. The characters are great - I still think about them five months after finishing the book.
Heidi_G More than 1 year ago
Minerva (Min) is sending Ed, her ex, a box full of momentos from their months together; the story is her commentary on each object and the place it had in the relationship. The audio version includes sound effects when the items are thrown into the box, which added to the story. The bottom line--they broke up because they were from completely different worlds and there was too much space between those worlds for the teens to meld together. Min is into old movies and Ed is into sports. Both are surprised that they hit it off. My main problem is the whining by Min; she doesn't own up to being the source of many of the problems when clearly, she needs to step up to the plate. More appropriate for older teens (ages 14+) due to teen drinking, language, and sex.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book helped me come to terms with whats going on in my life and relationship even as an adult reading about a high school relationship. This is a heart warming tale of first love and first heartbreak. You really should read this book.